Monday, October 20, 2014

Christ and conscience

Ever wonder about the conflict between the conscience and violence? HW has, so he asked Billy Graham about it... for some reason.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How can we explain the senseless acts of violence that seem to happen almost every day? I was brought up to believe we all have a conscience, and therefore we all should know the difference between right and wrong. But this doesn’t seem to be the case with some people today. — H.W.
There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it's because 'right' and 'wrong' differ depending on where you are and what you believe. Sometimes people can have a mental condition where they can't tell right from wrong. There are also those that simply do not care. And there are also religions that forgive any wrongs. Doing this offers no incentive not to do wrong in the first place, if a simple "I'm sorry God" just makes it 'go away'. Oh, and not to mention religious conflicts...
DEAR H.W.: You’re right, up to a point; God has placed within each of us a sense of right and wrong (what we usually call our conscience), and it certainly should lead us to do what’s right. This is why the Apostle Paul could say to those who falsely accused him of wrongdoing, “I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day” (Acts 23:1).

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Wait, how can God reliably place a sense of right and wrong into every person when he is the largest murderous psychopath in literary history? And as for Paul... that actually illustrates a problem. A Christian may act based on what their god says is right. And a believer in a different religion may act in accordance with his god's wishes. Both may be doing what is 'good', but also may be acting in contradiction with one another.
The problem, however, is that our consciences have been dulled by sin, and the more we sin, the duller they become. In fact, our consciences can become so dulled by sin that we no longer want to do what’s right, and may even lose sight of what’s right and wrong.
Well, God didn't always do what was right, nor did Jesus. So there goes that claim. Talking about not knowing right from wrong... what about Archbishop Robert Carlson? When questioned on his sexual abuse of children, he stated that he did not know that having sex with children was a crime! Seriously?! And we're supposed to treat these guys as some sort of positive example?
Our moral sense becomes twisted, and we end up calling evil what is good, and calling good what is evil. The Bible condemns “the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18).
No matter what, good people will do good and evil people will do evil. But for a good person to do
evil, that takes religion. In all my years, the only times I've seen someone try to invert 'good' and 'bad' was if they were criminally insane, or dangerously devout.
Don’t be surprised at what is happening around us today; our world is largely in rebellion against God. In addition, behind the scenes Satan is also at work, doing all he can to deceive us and turn us against God.
Huh? A study in 2010 found that Christianity is the world's largest religion at 31.5% Islam has 23.2%, and Judaism 0.2%. So that means that a global majority of  55.9% worship the god of Abraham.


-Brain Hulk

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